Team Hero’s Portuguese star Jrod to make India debut

Joaquim Rodrigues © DR

Close on the heels of its impressive debut at the Dakar 2017, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsports team of Hero MotoCorp – the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer – is gearing up for India BAJA 2017 in April this year.
This will be the Team’s second rally raid on the Indian soil after its podium finish at the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm in Rajasthan, in February.


Hero MotoSports Team Rally is aiming to deliver yet another good performance at the India BAJA 2017, after the team clocked an impressive debut season at the Dakar rally earlier this year.
For the India BAJA 2017, Hero MotoSports Team Rally will be participating with its ace Portuguese rider Joaquim Rodrigues (JRod), who will be making his debut on Indian Soil.
Hero MotoSports Team Rally has decided to rest C S Santosh to give him more recovery time. Santosh hurt his spine during a nasty crash in the recently concluded Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm. While the team is really happy with his recovery and progress so far, Santosh has been advised some more rest before he starts riding again.
India BAJA will be held from April 7-9 in the expansive Thar Desert of Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan. This edition of India BAJA is a part of the Dakar Challenge events which means that the winner of India BAJA gets a free entry into Merzouga Rally in Morocco in the month of May and also an opportunity to participate in Dakar 2018.
Joaquim Rodrigues, Pilot, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, said, “I am really excited to start the new season and working with the Hero MotoSports Team Rally to get ready for the India BAJA and the Merzouga Rally. It is really cool to start working again with the team and kick off our season leading up to the Dakar 2018.